January 12, 2013 in Grand Forks Herald
Never will she leave permanently. Never will she forsake her people her mother country. It is for them that Eunita Odongo is temporarily away, learning in the United States what she can do with her heart and hands to improve the lives of people in her beloved Kenya. Continue Reading
November 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
In a picturesque country setting within a triangle formed by the towns of East Grand Forks, Alvarado and Oslo, sits a 132-year-old house of worship known as Kongsvinger Lutheran Church. Continue Reading
October 12, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
The memory is as clear to me as if it’s happening as we speak. The door opens and in walks someone who brightens my day like a beacon in the night. She has come from her upstairs classroom to wrap an arm around me and assure me that all is well. She is my one and only sister! Continue Reading
August 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
For a homebody, I’ve been gone a lot lately. This year’s travels began the end of March with a trip to West Virginia when I was invited by John Reitmeier to be there when he met his biological brother for the first time.
July 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
We’re speaking here of Holy Family Catholic School whose name became Holy Family-St. Mary’s Catholic School in 2005 when St. Mary’s School in downtown Grand Forks closed its doors and its students were welcomed into Holy Family School. Continue Reading
June 8, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
For starters, I asked my grandchildren, Elyn and Ethan, if they knew the meaning of the word “multitude?” Two little heads shook from side to side.
Ethan just completed first grade and Elyn third. I guess those words are yet to come for them. Continue Reading
April 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
Crookston man finds his biological family at age 60Anyone who knows John Reitmeier knows he’s never lost for words. Otherwise known as the Cool Site Pick of the Day guy for 1310 KNOX radio, Reitmeier has quick and witty comebacks for everything, stemming from many years in radio.
But on the evening of April 13, John was somewhat subdued as we neared a white house with a full-width front porch situated on a flower laden street in Charles Town. When John spoke it was softly. As our car pulled into the driveway, a man and his wife came down from the porch to welcome John. Over the past few months they had spoken on the phone several times and now, John, 60, and Michael Terry, 63, were meeting for the first time. Continue Reading
June 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald
Praying it forwardOver the years some of his U.S. Army paraphernalia, like uniforms and boots, have disappeared. But for more than four decades, Jeff Bakke has hung on to something “pretty special to me,” he said. Continue Reading
May 13, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald
On a recent Monday morning, a visibly shaken young woman walked into the Women’s Pregnancy Center in downtown Grand Forks. She asked to talk to someone anyone who would listen. JoAnn, not her real name, had questions. Continue Reading
April 9, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald
Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to read is true. The names have not been changed to protect the innocent. Continue Reading